Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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How to Manage Core Emotions
Hilary Jacobs Hendel LCSW
Trauma causes many symptoms. Is overt racism one of them?
Needs for soothing and tenderness are basic and natural for all humans. But what happens when a society doesn't sanction those needs, especially for men?
Should therapists hug their patients? We may want to rethink the taboo.
Feel like you need a good cry? Here's how to release sadness.
Tips for finding a life partner interested in doing the work of an emotionally intimate relationship.
Depression can heal when it's caused by anger that has been stuck on the body. But how do we safely release it?
Think all psychotherapy is the same? Learn how interventions differ between methods.
Understanding how emotions work goes a long way toward helping our wellbeing.
Having trouble feeling connected to your loved ones? It helps to understand the concept of rupture and repair.
Struggling with anxiety? Remember to talk to yourself with encouraging and supportive words.
Do you feel guilty you're not on the front lines or that you're enjoying self-quarantine? Here's a prescription to transform that guilt into something better.
Families fight when they’re cooped up. These tips will help keep the peace.
Is chronic boredom negatively affecting your life?
Want to improve your emotional and mental health? Learn about how emotions affect the body.
Raising babies to be emotionally healthy adults is perhaps the most important job in the world. The first step is understanding emotions and emotional communication.
Emotion education has the power to transform anxiety and depression, bolster your confidence, and help you spend more time in calmer and authentic states of being.
It's not unusual for the holidays to bring up anxiety. A little emotion education and a few tips will help.
After practicing psychotherapy for several years, disgust emerged as an important emotion for healing trauma from physical, verbal, and sexual abuse.
If you're young and thinking of ways to alter your appearance because you don't feel good enough, consider your inner emotions and experience.
I used to envy Mr. Spock on Star Trek. I didn't want feelings. I ignored them. But then I learned we cannot ignore emotions without consequences. Now I know there is another way.
Don't understand emotions? You're not alone. But knowing a few basic things can truly help us meet life's many challenges.
Symptoms, like depression, anxiety, and substance abuse are just the tip of an iceberg. The story of our traumas and adversities lie below.
Is a child you know showing symptoms of anxiety, depression, or other forms of traumatic stress? Here are some guidelines to help.
Think depression is only about a flaw in chemistry? Think again.
Modern life requires an updated attitude on mental health that will benefit us all.
Are you dreading holiday time with your family? These tips might help.
What's the difference between conventional talk psychotherapy and experiential psychotherapy?
We have the power to help each other through emotion education and support.
The Kavanaugh hearings and investigation are causing many people distress. Here are some tips to calm and soothe.
Going to a funeral used to be a terrifying prospect for me. Walking into a room filled with sadness and grief evoked an intense desire not to be there.
Hilary Jacobs Hendel, LCSW, is author of the book It’s Not Always Depression: Working the Change Triangle to Listen to the Body, Discover Core Emotions, and Connect to Your Authentic Self (Random House, Feb. 2018).